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yes, one person wrote if this was the best photo he had, imagine what the rest were like. >> yes, "real money with ali velshi" is next on al jazeera america. >> it's the new cold war and russian economy is taking a beating as vladimir putin takes on the west. plus giving pregnant workers protection from boss who is want to take them off the job. the supreme court is set to hear a case that may permanently change life for women in the workplace. had and i'll introduce you to the start ups in an effort to win the modern day space race. i'm ali velshi, and this is real money.
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>> the new cold war between russia and the west over ukraine is costing russians dearly. moscow expects russia's economy to spiral in recession. that will hit russian households with a 2.8% drop in collective disposal income. western sanctions are taking a big bite out of russian economy, but a bigger culprit is falling oil prices. they have plummeted 38% since early summer. that's a problem because russia counts on oil and gas revenues to fund half it's budget. meanwhile, the war between the government and pro-russian separatests stalls while fighting drags on in nearby donetsk. ukraine accuse russians of sending more troops and weapons to grab mortar tore.
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the russians hav' president vladimir putin said that he'll make sure that ukraine will never threaten russia's soft underbelly. the so-called south stream pipeline would have moved gas under the black sea through bulgaria and on to italy, austria and points west. it would have eventually skirted ukraine. putin claimed that europe piano union sanctions and regulatory stalling forced him to scrap south stream. in a game of winners and losers you might think that the west won this one, but this is coming off an earlier loss when the united states and others were forced to scrap a rival pipeline that skirts russia all together. that pipeline would have sent gas from azerbaijan and east
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through turkey. but it failed because of the fear of angry russia. in a game of winners and losers, this looks like a tie. steve levine covers this battle of the pipelines where he writes about the global industry, and wrote a piece called "the world's pipeline war has officially come to an end." steve, you know about this a lot. i've been doing this series on the new cold war, and the last installment of my series we talked about the south stream pipeline, and in particular how the bulgarians were under pressure to get it done. listen to what we aired just a week ago. >> eastern europe's split loyalties. it's a member above nato and the european union, and yet some say bulgaria's e.u. membership give russia a voice in brussels.
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after nearly half a century as part of the soviet-led eastern bloc bulgarian is often their ally. sentiment over russia is deeply divide even at the top echelons of government. a symbol of that division is a national gas pipeline called south stream. when finished it would by pass ukraine and provide europe another transit route for russian gas. the european commission wants to wean itself off it's reliance on that gas, and has been trying to block that project. but bulgaria has virtually all of its gas needs met, and they are under pressure to finish this pipeline. >> bulgaria has, well, some specifics link with russia.
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the his amic people, and the reluctance, the rejection of russia never is that strong if bulgaria. now this pipeline is scrapped. not because of bulgaria but because russia decided to scrap it. explain the implications of this. >> this is unusual if you look at what has gone on between putin and ukraine, putin and europe, and putin and the west, of him throwing out the costs in the south stream pipeline. the logic behind it was to show the west, show the united states that it cannot pull one over on russia and build its lines without an answer from russia. at the same time it did want to skirt ukraine. the implications are for russia,
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what do we do now? this alternate pipeline that they're discussing into turkey is very much second best. it does not have the same geopolitical implications that nubuko did for europe. this is a big win because it has had this pressure, this very heavy pressure from russia. it was going to redouble it's dominating presence economic and political presence in europe through this pipeline. this is now lifted. >> where is the oil that these pipelines are not going to be carrying through turkey, where is that--not the oil, but the natural gas. where is that now coming from? >> this gas comes from russia. and the whole thing, these pipelines, south stream pipeline was not going to add any volumes to what was going in to europe. it was very much a political
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pipeline. it was all about as i said being in the united states, skirting ukraine, and now the same valu valu volumes, by pass that putin is now discussing if that goes you'll get 15 bcm. it's not a large volume. that will go half the volume going into the south stream. that will go into turkey. i think it's very much by putin you can't fire me, i quit. i really have my doubts this other line is going to be built. >> does turkey matter in this equation at all? do we have worries about the implications that we're thinking of right now? >> i don't think so. turkey wants to be and has been a major energy hub between central asia and the can you kay cuss. and russia and the middle east.
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turkey would like to be the place through which natural gas from iran, iraq, and so on go through to go through the rest of the world. i don't see that this weakens nato, for example, by having if turkey takes on these extra volumes. >> and in the end this does not still solve the problem of russia. turkey is still a nato ally. it does not solve the problem of gas being turned off at the source. if you're eastern european or western european country like germany, italy, you're no closer to a solution than you were six months ago. >> you aren't closer in the sense of supply. you do--europe, now that it no longer has to worry about south stream, if should simply get its act together. it should redouble its effort to
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build l & g ports to bring in natural gas into the united states starting next year from qatar and elsewhere, and it should redouble efforts to build connector pipelines between the countries. when you end up with a crisis, as you will in future years, there always is one between russia and ukraine, if you have connector pipelines between european states, one country can help another if it is shut off by russia. >> steve lavine thank you so much. washington correspondent. we'll tilt our view of the new cold war later on in the show by heading underground in vladimir putin's life in russia. next, we'll look at oil. we'll go underground in baghdad with a look at the field that may be crucial in aiding america's fight against isil.
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>> iraq's government mass agreed to end an i will dispute in a deal that will help the kurds to get more money to fight isil. now previously the kurds. >> in return for the deal iraq will now unlock 17% of the national budget allocated for the kurdish region. we have the details from baghdad. >> for iraq's new government an important step in resolving an old dispute. this agreement between baghdad and the kurdish region. >> a deal between federal government and the government of the region. on the issues of the budget and it's law and on the issue of
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oil, affirming that oil is for all iraqis. hence the kurdish region will provide the federal government with 250,000 barrels a day and export 300,000 barrels of oil through turkey through the transkurdistan pipeline. >> that means that the kurdish region will send some oil to the iraqi government, and baghdad won't try to block it any morseling oil to turkey. the central government has greed to provide money to the kurdish peshmerga, vital in the fight against isil in northern iraq. the dispute whether the kurds have a right to export oil. it has cut off transfer payments in the region. both baghdad and erbil hope this will open a new chapter in strange relations between the central and regional governments. the iraqi prime minister accused
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by the kurdish region by ignoring the role of peshmerga has tried to make amends. in the kurdish ring the halt to transfer payment has led to a deep financial crisis. the iraqi government is also out of money. the iraqi government was to have presented next year's budget to parliament last week but the budget is based on a forecast for oil prices that are already outdated as prices fall to a four-year low. that's left the government fighting isil while struggling to pay its jeera, bagh. >> the fbi is warning american troops that isil may try to attack them here in the united states. jamie mcintyre reports this from washington. >> reporter: ali it's a very modern problem. the old days it was loose lips sink ships. now the saying should be loose tweets sink ships. the government is telling them
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to take more steps to cover their digital tracks. american soldiers are highly visible in cities and airplanes, especially with the holiday season in fuel swing. now the fbi and homeland security are taking steps to make them less of a target for terrorists. they're warning personnel about the potential for isil carrying out attacks against them here on u.s. soil. >> this sounds like it's much more specific, it's organized, isis is choosing the attackers, and probably choosing the targets. >> in recently released bulletin, members of the military has been told to scrub any information on their social media accounts that could make them vulnerable to attacks, such as removing travel plans or any information that would provide location or track them down. they're being encouraged to take down photos of loved ones. >> you just never know. who is out there watch organize hacking. >> reporter: while the warning is the first of its kind. >> information mine something a
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real threat. >> reporter: niftas to who might carry out attacks, isil is currently u.s.-based lone wolves sympathetic to the terror group based on their online postings. >> this is an environment that this enemy has proven adept at using. we don't want to give them any more advantage than they're already trying to gain. >> reporter: the warning also cites two separate october attacks to canada where unio uniform soldiers were targeted by isil there. worries there are copycats. the warning was based on big threats by isil to attack american troops on their home turf. the fbi and pentagon said its time for extra vigilance. >> i want to pick this up with
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our tech and science correspondent jake ward. jake, social media is meant to collect information. this is going to be tricky. >> reporter: well, i mean, ali, by it's very nature social media is designed to do exactly what the military has warned it's personnel against doing. there is this long military tradition of not telling anywhere you're going to be deployed, not telling anyone when you're going to ship out. it dates back to earliest days of propaganda posters and training and everything else. it's literally in the heart and soul of the armed forces, yet you're dealing with a platform that is literally designed to pull as much of this information out of you as it can. >> is isil doing anything in particular? does it have social media engineering hacks? or is it just asking for lone wolves to find information and do something? >> well, it's not clear what the warning here is saying, what exactly is the nature of this threat really could be. but certainly it would fall in
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line with other threats we've seen before. back in the earlier part of this year the san francisco firm eyesight cited an attack that it thought was coming out of iran where two thousand military diplomats and military personnel were targeted. and it's easy. you can try to friend somebody, and then try to friend all of their friends and see what friends they have and what photos they've posted. and then plausible offers of employment. you ask for that person's resumé, and then you have their phone number and address. it's a way to get basic and specific information about somebody's life. and i think this is just an effort to try to get military people to pull back from what you and i assume are normal protocol when it comes to facebook and twitter. >> michael: it's complicated. thank you very much for that. jake ward joining us from san francisco. ups driver got pregnant and the company put her on unpaid
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leave. now the supreme court is hearing her case. it could effect hundreds of women. we'll be right back.
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>> protestors are gathering... >> there's an air of tension right now... >> the crowd chanting for democracy... >> this is another significant development...
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>> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... >> the supreme court is set to hear the case on wednesday of a woman whoa sued ups because it placed her on unpaid leave after she got pregnant. that meant that she lost her pay, health insurance and disability benefits for seven months. young's daughter told the former ups driver to avoid lifting heavy packages, but the company told her she couldn't have a temporary assignment. in a statement ups said, quote, the 2007 ups acome days policy at issue in the supreme court case was lawful and consistently applied at the time to all employees. end quote. young lost two rounds in lower courts, but the supreme court's ruling in tomorrow's case could have wide-reaching effects for millions of women and their families. joining me now is a
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discrimination attorney who brought a brief supporting young's claim that the ups violated the discrimination act. thank you for joining us. >> happy to be here. >> i'm not a lawyer, and many of my viewers are not, i think a lot of people would find it unusual for a company can do that to a woman, who gets pregnant. is u.s. right? did they not violate the law by doing what they did? >> ups absolutely violated the law. the discrimination act was passed in the 1970's, it makes it very clear that employers cannot treat women worse than other employees. they did not give ms. young the same accommodations that they had given other employees with
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injuries. that's how they denied her. the question the supreme court is having to consider is whether or not the ups was allowed to treat pregnant employees differently. what is at issue that says pregnant employees need to be treated the same as other employees who are similar to in their ability or inability to work. ups said that daughters to the statute does not ex-pleasan explicitly say that, but they're wrong. the eoc has made it clear that they're wrong on that, and the federal government agree that ups is on the wrong side. >> typically when a case like this gets to the supreme court, most people who are following it will say that there is really--there is a nuance in the law or there is something that
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needs to be changed or maybe there needs to be legislation. from what you're telling me it's quite straightforward. we're not used to the supreme court dealing with such straightforward cases. what is the nuance that we're missing? >> well, i believe its straightforward, and i think individuals agree with me. the question is whether or not the statutory language that says you have to treat pregnant employees the same as you treat others who are similar in their ability or inability to work covers accommodations. and the eeoc, which is the administrative body that is charged with implementing the equal employment laws have been issuing guidance for decades that says that the accommodations are covered as part of that language. >> the issue is about the language. about whether the legislation, that's what we're fighting about. we're not fighting whether a pregnant woman should be able to keep her job, really. >> that's correct. but what happens when an employer denies accommodation
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the woman has a choice of ignoring advice that is given by their medical providers or lose a job. >> a new policy will serve to strengthen ups's commitment to women in the workplace and treat all workers fairly. does. this new policy render this policy moot? >> it doesn't. what she's asking for is for her day in court, to be allowed to try her case and move forward beyond the summary judgment stay. it's certainly good for employees like ms. young who are pregnant in the workplace, that they can have that protection of ups moving forward. >> you're filing a friend of the court brief, an amicus brief. what are you going to be saying to the supreme court? >> well, what i wrote on behalf of the healthcare providers
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focus on the health implications to not providing simple accommodations. we have really atrocious maternal and infant mortality in this country. and sometimes conditions in the workplace can have significant health effects and can really improve the health of mothers and their pregnancies. a whole consortium of health providers said that there are very serious implications for women and their families if they're not given those accommodations. that comes with costs not only to the health of the women and their pregnancies, but also to very serious health implications to children once they're born. if you're not given proper maternal healthcare, if mothers are not healthy while having those pregnancies, you see long lasting health effects for children once they're born. >> i believe you went to yale? >> i did. >> i'm going to cite a harvard study for you. i hope you don't mind. we spoke about a harvard
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business school study that showed that women and men going into the harvard business school all stated the same goals. they have the same expectations of what they would do once they graduated with this coveted degree. men almost always achieve what they thought they were going to do. women in many cases did not so ver few women said they were not going to end you up in the workforce but ended up that way. there are structures in the workplace that are imposed on women who want families. >> that's right. i've seen a real increase in the kinds of discrimination that women are facing tied to the fact that they've been pregnant or they're mothers. for some reason people feel comfortable holding beliefs that women who have children are less
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committed or less valuable employees, and that ma manifests itself in a range of policies and practices by employers that work to push women out of the workplace, and to create untenable choices for women in impossible positions when it comes to having to pick between the health of their families and well-being of their families and their jobs and crease. and it's very unfortunate. >> in the abstract that's not as meaningful as it is in a specific situation where we can put ourselves in the shoes of this women and say, you're kidding me? i have to make this choice? let's stay on this conversation tomorrow. you will be back with me. ups declined to be on had show. katherine will be with me after sitting in on the oral argument, this is a crucial issue, and we'll continue to follow it on this show. >> thank you. >> let's leave the supreme court for a moment. we'll move on to arguments of a different and more predictable narro nature. stay house lawmakers let out
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their frustrations on homeland security secretary jay johnson, who is testify flyining "board security. mike viqueira joins me now from the white house. mike? >> reporter: well, basically the republicans have one question for jay johnson today on capitol hill, ali, and that's this: what gives president obama the right to go around congress and sign these executive actions that essentially make up to 4 million people who are in this country illegally able to stay for at least three years so long as they have a child who is an u.s. citizen or a legal resident? the answer was straightforward. he said time and time again to secretary johnson, the office of legal council looked at this every which way, the lawyers lawyered up, and said that the president is within his rights to do this. it's been done by other presidents before, and of course that only added to the ire of republicans.
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the question, ali, really is what can republicans do about it? and the answer seems to be a recognition that really nothing in the short term. >> mike, this sort of speaks to what i was just talking about before you came on, the supreme court case about ups hearing. the republicans are arguing two points. one, whether or not they like what the president is doing, and whether or not doing it by executive action versus legislation is the right thing to do. that's the brush they really want to paint president obama with, right? that this is not the way laws should be made. >> well, their argument is that the president didn't have the votes. he didn't have the votes in the house of representatives. we can argue that both ways, a clearly it did not come up in the house floor. it does clear the republican party as it has done in the past decade. it cleaves them right down the middle of those who say its amnesty, and others who say we have to get right with hispanic
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and latino voters in this country, and others who agree with the president and many are democrats, saying it's the right thing to do. here's the latest plan. they're going to put something on the floor with house republicans later this week, the opportunity to plow blow off steam. this will die in the senate that's still in democratic control inner for the next month. the emerging plan right now is to try to use the power of the purse. to the bill that funds the government over the next fiscal year until october 1st of next year, fund everything except the department of homeland security. >> this is where people get frustrated about the cynicism about congress. what--if everybody could be honest themselves, what is it that the republicans would like to happen? not what they'll put forward. not how they'll fund it, what would they like the outcome to be? would they like a bill that's very different? >> i think the people who are running things in the republican party right now, and that is to say the base of the party and it's ever thus the eternal truth
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of politics are conservatives and the tea part, what they want to happen, and more specifically what they don't want to happen. they don't want to allow any path of citizenship or legality for people who are in this country illegally. jeb bush, potential presidential candidate in a forum said, look, it's time to demonstrate that we can governor and lead. that's not going to help him if he enters the republican primaries in two years hence, but there is that division. and it is laid there again on the issue of immigration reform. >> it is such a dominant issue in the republican prime minister. thank you very much. we'll see you at the white house. let's leave washington behind and head far, far away. to space. the first-time players in the final frontiers. we'll show you the start ups competing in a modern day space race.
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>> this week all week we take you to space. had space x showed the world that newcomers were ready to compete with the inaugural test fights of its falcon nine rocket. since then millions of dollars have been blowing into stat space start ups. many are in silicon valley. >> it's the prospector's map to hidden treasure. only the map is in space and the treasure is in astroids. the plan tore resource says that incredible amounts of plutonium and rare earth metals could be mined from these astroids that
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to date is mined mostly in china. >> the ability to access resources in that environment as opposed to digging up the earth and hauling things up out of the gravity well of earth, that is a change in the economic equation of the cost of doing business in space. >> the prospector for their galactic enter surprise, orbiting the space. the plan is to send robotic probes back to earth. and there are secretary backs. like this one. one of the plan tore resources was destroyed in the rocket explosion. >> stage one separation. >> many others lost equipment being sent to the space station for testing. >> putting things into orbit is not a trivialan task. >> it was the same for will
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marshal space company that lost 26 nano satellites in the explosion. >> your company took a hit. >> yes, but not on the scale that you might imagine. i mean really we took this in our stride. it's not a huge deal for us financial. >> planet labs had launched nano satellites. it's just 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. not exactly what you think of when you think of satellites. they call these doves and send emup in flocks 20 or 30 at a time in orbit, and the aim is to take pictures of the entire planet, not just one site. >> it covers 100 square kilometers per picture. >> they're smaller. >> they have more capabilities than the biggest satellites that we flew 50 or 40 years ago.
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>> and they're disposable. after a year or two they burn into the atmosphere, and more are launched. it's changing the way we see the earth. >> these are sugar cane fields in south and east of the amazon. this was august eight 8th, this is august 9th. you can see where this hill is being burned. >> companies and countries will be able to buy the information being brought back by the satellite realtime. >> they give us the option of accessing space for sometimes less than $100,000 or cheaper. with that kind of low-cost technology we have the ability to image the earth at greater frequencies than we've ever done before. >> planet labs raised $65 million in 2013 to launch its satellites. >> are you looking at a multi billion industry when it comes to nano satellites?
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>> yes, it is a very large sector, the remote sensing sector is large and expanding. >> it is one of the fastest growing sectors in the space industry and one of the most lucrative. the number of these earth satellites are expected to increase by 90% over the next decade resulting in $35 billion in manufacturing reviews. >> the ability to get satellites into orbit fast is really important. >> and jason dunne wants to help those satellite get into orbit quicker. he is chief technology officer for made in space a start up that has built a zero gravity 3d printer. >> the company launched it's first 3d printer for testing in september. dunne thinks his 3d printer could be a game changer. b by 3d printing the satellite.
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>> printing out the electronics that you can't 3d print. assembling it on the space station and launching it. that's something that we're able to do right now. >> the satellites would be made and released in space dramatically reducing the cost of launch. >> what this would do for the satellite industry is it makes it easier to standly get new satellites on orbit. >> they believe that made in space 3d print already help astronauts living on the space station by 3d printing parts, but they see a bigger, more ambitious picture. >> we can remove dependency on earth, and move to the moon and put the resource there is and put it in a 3d printer and it points where exploration in space is headed. >> they have launched more commercial satellites than anybody else, some short lived
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and/or biting quickly, but it plans to launch a hunan know satellites in the next year. >> i want to introduce m my next guess, the managing director of the space angels network, which represent a group of investors that seed fledgling start ups. you were watching this with me, chad. i'm fascinated by people who think about these things. how does a guy like you responsible for helping companies like xcor. how do you know what is fantastical and ridiculous? >> the economy is not a closed system. the creation in r & d and science and innovation fuels, it creates the new ventures and the new markets that bring the growth of the entire system. as an investor what you want to
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look for are things that are pushing boundaries that may seem fantasti fantastical to some, that are developing technology that is better than anything else that exists or creating an entirely new market. that's how you--that's how you make outsized returns. that's how silicon valley was made on that in the beginning. it's only recently that investors start to reduce early stage investing to a formula. >> right, this is i guess my next question. there is no real return on this. having sold your investment to someone else, nothing that you have developed going into space in this current space boom has returned a profit. >> in terms of the returns to the investor, we're just starting to see--this is still a very-- >> i should be clear, there are companies that support the industry that build parts, that manufacture things, that's where the money is at the moment. nobody is going out to space and
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doing something and selling that as a profit. >> some that you would not think of, plan tore resources is making money, xcor is making money. astro botic is another competitor who is looking to mine the moon, and they're making money today. >> they're not making money going to the moon and bringing resources back. >> they haven't made money yet but they're taking customer orders. >> is the rate in space going to be higher than silicon valley or is it going to be the same? >> this is an interesting question because we're still early days. to put into context, leroy was talking about this. 50 years ago, '95-'98, there was a false shatter in the industry, but the success rate back then was minimum. the failure rate was almost all. nowadays the difference is, as he mentioned, the entrepreneurs are more savvy.
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they come to the business table with plans that make sense. they're not saying, give me $1 billion and i'll build you a rocket ship, which is what they were saying before. they know how to do more with less. to give you an idea, we have 100 companies that applied to our networks. 20 have made it to our screening process and vetted as credible. >> that's a high percentage. >> it peeks to the quality increase, and that as a resulted with the investment this year. and so it we could another deal or two before the year is over. >> what an interesting discussion. thank you for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> our week long series on space continues tomorrow. we'll take you inside the mojave space museum. we were there just days after the galactic space shuttle crashed. we'll talk about the business of
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space this week on "real money" 7:00 p.m. eastern. it's the time for christmas music on the radio. we have a growing number of radio stations these days. we're back in just two minutes.
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>> consider this: the news of the day plus so much more. >> we begin with the growing controversy. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> real perspective, consider this
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on al jazeera america >> okay. it's december and that means there is no escaping the sights, the sounds, the smells of the holidays. this year there is something in the air that is not just the accident of eggnog and gingerbread houses. like it or not holiday music is back on the radio--big time. i couldn't believe. thanksgiving is hardly in the box and cold, and we've got christmas out there in full force. from rudolph the red knows reindeer to little drummer boy. it may be one of radio's most profitable gimmicks. [ christmas music ]
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>> the next time you hear christmas music on the radio, live carefully. you may hear the sounds of cash registers ringing across america. this is wezw. >> south jersey's christmas music station. >> a small radio station in atlantic city and transmitted to new jersey. what makes this indication unique is that it's the very first radio station in the nation to go all christmas music 24 hours a day. when does wezw start playing ""jingle bells""; "white christmas," and "silent night." a full two weeks before halloween. christmas music can be enormously profitable for a radio station. the industry calls it flipping, and according to nelson radio
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stations that flip can enjoy a 129% lift, and it's 500% larger on christmas eve than the rest of the year. >> when we go all christmas our ratings double every year, and under our signal we become the number one station in the county result our revenues explode. >> according to fisher flipping is like a christmas present to the small station providing an additional $250,000 in revenue each year. >> the beauty of christmas radio is that every retailer is a candidate for christmas promotion. >> and it's a trend that's catching on. 279 radio stations flipped in 2004 to around the clock holiday music. by 2013 that number almost doubled to 488 radio stations. in fact, the positive audience
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response to all christmas radio is a sign that radio, a 100 years technology. >> we have a lot of events this year. i'm glad we could make it work. >> annual revenues for all radio stations last year was $17.7 billion, up from $16 billion in 2009. >> radio is the cockroach of media. it can't be i did. >> radio is very simple. radio is free. you don't need to give anybody your credit card. you don't need to download any software. >> there is no reason why we wouldn't continue to do it. if we're making money, and we're making people happy, isn't that what radio stations are supposed to do? >> and ultimately those endless loops of feliz navidad and frosty the snowman will give radio stations around the nation
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the hope of holiday cheer. >> and don't think that the all holiday music phenomenon is happening on just terrestrial old fashion radio. pandora radio reports that last holiday season its subscribers listened by choice to 241 million hours of holiday music, and the classic have yourself a merry little christmas received a thumbs up 2.2 million times. that's a whole lot of thumbs. coming up next we've taken you to the top of the world and back again in our coverage of the new cold war. what is life like beneath the streets of moscow? we'll take through.
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>> architecture and art and literature, what about music? a little seasonal tchaikovsky, perhaps, to lighten that long journey home this winter. peter sharp, al jazeera, moscow. >> our week long special series on the business of space continues tomorrow. we're going to take you inside the motive javi space museum. we'll talk about the ceo of virgin galactic in the wake of the tragedy, and life on mars. forget little green men. nasa is set to a test flight. after that, who knows, colonizing mars. do not miss a night on the business of space. it's all this week on real money. that is our show for today.
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